Over the last 10 years or so, terms such as “going green” and “eco-friendly” have become buzz words, and its meaning can often become confusing or lost. By understanding the true meaning of eco-friendly, you can implement the practices that will lead to healthier living for all of us, including the planet, and ourselves, its inhabitants!
What is Eco-friendly?
By definition, it means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. We can all engage in eco-friendly habits or practices, simply by being more conscientious of how we use resources.
As a painting contractor, there are so many ways to contribute to helping the environment, far more than 30+ years ago, when our primary coatings were solvent based. The painting landscape took a dramatic shift approximately 20 years or so ago toward acrylic latex. This immediately made the products much more environmentally friendly. As our understanding of VOC’s grows, the industry is always adapting and improving, so the products we offer on a daily basis are in fact becoming greener each year.
Most people think a green paint job means springing for a few cans of low-VOC paint. And yes, that’s a great place to start, but making a painting project more environmentally sensitive doesn’t end there. Simple things like recycling your waste, reducing waste by not over purchasing, choosing nontoxic caulking, driving directly to the job (gas emissions are the largest VOC source). Yes, there are many simple and easy ways to improve air quality, and limit exposure to toxic chemicals when performing a painting project. As our understanding of VOC’s grows, the industry is always adapting and improving, so the products we are able to offer on a daily basis are becoming greener each year!
So what is this (VOC) you have heard me talk of?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) solids and liquids that convert easily to gas or vapor at room temperature—are contained in many paint products and have been linked to a variety of health problems. On the mild side, they can make your eyes water and give you headaches; more seriously, they can trigger asthma and other respiratory concerns.
When we are working in hospitals, nursing homes, or customers who have sensitive respiratory concerns, our number one favorite choice is a product from Sherwin-Williams, called Harmony. Harmony® Paint’s enhanced formula features Formaldehyde Reducing Technology to promote better indoor air quality, and it is a zero VOC rated product!
So as you can tell, in the ever-changing paint industry, the coating advances are coming rapidly. You need a contractor such as ONE STOP PAINTING, who stays on the cutting edge of the ever-changing and evolving products. Not all new products will perform to our high standard or expectations at ONE STOP. We are constantly evaluating new products, and adding only the best ones into the coating systems we provide to you, our customers. You’re hiring a company that has been in business for 32 years, with an average overall experience of approximately 500 years combined experience between our staff! That’s a lot of painting, that’s a lot of hands-on experience, and that a lot of the reason why we have been winning awards for 32 years in our industry.